Well, I think that the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is off to a wonderful start. The organization is about 5 years old, and through their grants they have encouraged the publication of well over a hundred scientific articles in well respected peer review journals.
Now they have an online lecture series that is open to the public. In the series, they report on their efforts as well as talk about what they intend to accomplish in the future. So far, I like everything about it. I like that they have this online series. I like that they are bringing empirical research to the many complementary and alternative practices out there. I like that they are taking a serious look at hypnosis.
I hope that they will look beyond the walls of academia and search out the leaders in the field who are doing the work and teaching the newest techniques. Then I hope that they will examine these practitioners and their techniques, show them as being either valid or invalid. Unfortunately, the speed of academic research is slow, and people need help now. But for now, that is exactly as it has to be.
I wonder what I can do to help out? I want to help. I think that they should set up a phone number so that I can call them and offer my services. I would be happy to host a research project right out of our center. We’ve seen thousands of clients at the Banyan Hypnosis Center for Training & Services, Inc. I’m sure we can set up a study right here! I think I’ll go back to their site right now and see if I can find a phone number or email address. I’m ready to volunteer! How about you?